Winamp project coming to a close?

By Derek Sooman on November 11, 2004, 12:20 PM
"The marriage of Nullsoft and AOL was always one of discontent. After AOL acquired the small company in 1999 for around $100 million, the young team of Winamp developers was assimilated into a strict corporate culture that begged for rebellion. Although Nullsoft was initially given a long leash by AOL, it wasn't long until the two ideologies collided."

Sometimes, all it takes for a project or an office or whatever to fall apart is the loss of one person. The resignation of Nullsoft founder and Winamp creator Justin Frankel last January seems to have done just that. The era of Nullsoft seems to be coming to an end, with the original Winamp team having said goodbye to AOL. Apparently, only a skeleton team remains working on Winamp, just doing minor maintainence work. No further improvements to Winamp are expected, period. Essentially, Winamp is effectively over.

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Tarkus said:
Great, AOL has killed another. Just like ICQ and Netscape before it, Winamp has been choked to death.
Phantasm66 said:
I must confess, I was rather saddened to read this news.
redrooster said:
Another death related to AOL. Who's next?
Astro said:
That sucks...I still use Winamp and love it. Anything AOL touches turns to dust. Is AOL even worse than MS? I don't see much difference in what they do now.
Didou said:
Any information on what the winamp team will be doing now ? We can amways hope that they will reform under another name & start working on another program (maybenot MP3 related). I'm sure being the founders of Winamp is a very good thing to have on your resume. They could get fundings very easilly.
Phantasm66 said:
I would imagine what happens now is that you can still download winamp, but it doesn't get updated. And that's kind of it.
Electrick Gypsy said:
"Frankel and fellow Nullsoft developer Tom Pepper devised a decentralized peer-to-peer file sharing system, dubbed Gnutella".The full story can be found here:-[url]
Mictlantecuhtli said:
How exactly is it over and dead? Do Winamps around the world just stop working now?Does the current version have bad bugs, is it lacking some specific features that you can't live without?
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